Skip to comments.Catholic campus houses Suffolk's first Islamic school
Posted on 09/29/2013 5:11:25 PM PDT by markomalley
In classrooms where Catholic girls once studied the Bible and prayed the Our Father, young Muslims now study the Quran and pray in Arabic. The girls no longer wear uniforms of skirts and blazers, but traditional Muslim floor-length dresses called jilbabs, with hijabs covering their heads. Boys are neatly attired in light blue dress shirts and navy blue pants.
They are the 265 students of MDQ Academy, Suffolk County's first and only Islamic school, which for the third year is calling the majestic Academy of St. Joseph its home. The former all-girls Catholic high school in Brentwood closed five years ago because of declining enrollment.
The number of students in the Islamic school is growing as it continues the cross-faith coexistence. Their classrooms are on two floors of the structure, part of a complex on the grassy 211-acre property that also includes the headquarters of Long Island's largest order of nuns.
The arrangement is working out wonderfully, leaders of the groups said.
"It's been very positive for both of us," said Sister Helen Kearney, head of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. "It's a very positive message for our world that, in a sense, tends to kind of divide groups."
The partnership underscores Long Island's growing ethnic and religious diversity. While Catholics still predominate -- two of every three Long Islanders are Catholic -- Nassau and Suffolk counties are home to at least 75,000 Muslims, according to Muslim community leaders. Two other full-time Islamic schools are located in Valley Stream and Hempstead, and the Island has about two dozen mosques.
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They should have Bulldozed the place down and buried pigs every 100 feet on the property, before giving it over to Satan.
Oh good Lord, words fail me.
This is what happens when Catholic embrace birth control and secular education.
Is this in Virginia?
I’d like to send the Catholic owners a message.
I'm actually surprised that boys and girls are in the same room.
Hajia Sophia....and then there is this
As a youngster, I was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph....in a school that my and my friends’ parents built....which has also now been sold off.
Brentwood is on Long Island, NY. It used to be the main place (not sure you would call it a convent) for the Sisters of St. Joseph. IIRC, it was also where the older nuns who had finished teaching would retire.
My response to this story:
Some things are basic to the faith, whether catholic or protestant...
and that is:
There is no God but God, and Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah.
To open the school to those who do not ascribe to this, is spiritual treason against the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
This is right in my neck of the woods. The Academy of St. Joseph closed a few years ago because of low enrollment.
Now, there are many reasons for declining enrollment at Catholic schools, and on Long Island, there is no doubt that property (school) taxes are among them. When you are paying about $15k/year in property (school) taxes, it is difficult indeed to scrape together the $$$$ for Catholic education.
That said, St. Joseph’s is the only Catholic high school that has closed in several years. The last one I can remember was the LaSalle Military Academy, which closed about 10 years ago (after they started admitting girls).
I have no doubt that the squishy theology taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph has a TON to do with it. That order has truly gone chug-chug-chugging right ‘round the bend. They are big into the Mother Earth new-ageism stuff.
Who would want to spend a bundle of cash on a “Catholic” education that is only barely Catholic? No me, that’s for sure.
PS: It is an absolute disgrace that the school has gone over to the Muslims. An absolute disgrace.
Sad to hear the Sisters of St. Joseph took that kind of turn. My sister, my friends and I received a pretty good grammer school education from them. Of course that was more than fifty years ago.
Heaven & Hell?
New York state.
Well I spent my youth and graduated High School in Brentwood, NY. Very sad to hear this news. St Joseph is a very beautiful campus. Let the muzzies build their own mosques and not from a converted church or christian edifice. Long Island has become 3rd World_like in many locales. Texas is home now.
I didn’t know LaSalle closed! Of course, I’ve avoided Long Island as much as possible. It was a really great place to grow up. The oddball in the neighborhood was “Jimmy the Greek”. Now I just wish my parents would sell and get out so I didn’t have to go over the stupid bridges to see them.
I hear you, Toasted. We plan to escape ASAP, and have already begun scouting possible places to go.
As for LaSalle, yeah, it closed awhile back. They too had declining enrollment, and tried to fix it by admitting girls. Bad move. Enrollment declined even faster and they finally had to close shop.
Long Island’s not too bad for raising a family. It is relatively safe, but soooo crowded and expensive. Plus, while Long Island used to be pretty safe GOP territory, it no longer is; now it’s split down the middle with the Libs usually coming out on top. Bleech.
No we’ll be leaving here one day, for sure.
File it under “Suicide of the West.”
It sounds more like, 'this is what happens when Catholics embrace their Izlum brothers'...
Read the statement, says it all. (To me, anyway)
My HS alma mater is Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY which is run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. These sisters were once strict disciplinarians. Post VCII, they emerged as ultra progressives. That they turned St. Joseph's Academy over to Muslims comes as no surprise.
The (former) Academy of Saint Joseph, founded in 1856 and operational through 2009, was a private Catholic school conducted by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Brentwood, New York. Situated on a beautiful 200 acre campus, it was accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Catholic Educational Association . For over 150 years, it offered quality education to students throughout Long Island.
Here are the sisters before VCII
And here they are today ...
And .. yes ... their community is part of the LCWR.
I figured you would be interested. It’s really sad....what both the Order and Brentwood have become.
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Here in upstate NY, there is another community of Sisters of St. Joseph (Carondelet). With shrinking enrollment, they have resorted to financial investing. They have constructed a large complex of senior retirement homes, townhouses, apartments and garages. A mini shopping mall is projected to be included.
This group is all about social justice. It seems they're still living in the 60s.
I figured. They have only themselves to blame.
This whole thing could have been avoided if the sisters had continue to wear their habits and teach orthodox Catholicism.
No wonder things shut down for them. They weren’t being obedient to their vows.
Judging by their reaction:
"It's been very positive for both of us," said Sister Helen Kearney, head of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood
.... they seem very happy with the outcome.
Now, when I attended catholic school, each classroom had a crucifix hanging front and center, just above the blackboard. The same would be true for this school. If the school is now being used to instruct muslim students, I strongly doubt any of those classrooms or hallways, still have crucifixes in place. Hence, someone had to climb a ladder to take down those crucifixes. How can these sisters sleep at night after giving that order. How could they do this to our Lord?!!
I’m not sure why anyone is gasping or in shock over this. Vatican II teaches they worship the same God as Catholics.
Never in a million years would you see this pre-Vatican II.
But hey, we all sing kumbaya now in the “Catholic” Church! /sarcasm
NYer, my kids used to go to a Catholic elementary school formerly staffed entirely with Sisters of St. Joseph. Now, the only ones left there are very old indeed, and IMO, in serious need of catechesis. They no longer teach any classes, thank heavens.
I remember once, one of the sisters was asked to lead the Parents Guild in prayer before our monthly meeting. This sister, instead of saying a nice Memorare or something similar, launched into a long, convoluted “prayer” to Sister Wind and Mother Moon.
I got up and left, in an absolute fury. (Some of the other moms got up, too.)
It is no surprise to me that this order is dying, and that they’ve chosen to rent out their beautiful school to (bleeech!) Muslims.
What a crying shame.